By guest author Karrie Ross.
"What size should I make my book?" This is a question I am often asked. Usually the book size depends on the type of book you are writing - not just whether it is fiction or nonfiction, but what the subject matter and distribution is as well. And although there are some general rules you may want to follow, there can be exceptions to these rules for anyone seeking a unique looking book.
Here are some of the most common book sizes and use:
Trade paperbacks books: Most fiction and nonfiction, self-published books fall in the trade paperbacks range. Typical book sizes are 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches and 6 by 9 inches. Business books and textbooks can be up to 7 by 10 inches for best display of content.
Mass market books: These are books sold off book racks at a variety of retail stores and areas where they can be considered an impulse buy. Things such as romance novels, etc. Common size is 4 1/4 by 7 inches.
Manuals and workbooks: Usually produced in large sizes of 8 by 10 inches to 8 1/2 by 11 inches, and can be either color or black and white interiors with a variety of binding options. (Note: Plastic coil binding is a popular choice so that the workbooks will lie flat and allow for easier note taking.)
Novels: The most popular sizes are 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches and 5 1/4 by 8 inches in either a hard or soft cover (perfect bound) binding.
Perhaps the best tip to follow is: Be sure to visit your local bookstore and check out your book's category to see what sizes the competition is using and what the most common book sizes are.
[Karrie Ross is a nationally-recognized book designer and can be found at Be It Now! Karrie Ross.]